How to install Prestashop 1.7 on localhost, hosting, server

Do you want to install Prestashop on localhost, web hosting or web server (such as XAMPP or LAMP on CentOS/Ubuntu)? This step-by-step tutorial helps you deploy a Prestashop website in minutes.

It is one of the most popular content management systems for e-commerce websites. It is used by small businesses and large enterprise companies alike and can be enhanced by thousands of Prestashop addons that you can install on the Modules Page. More than 270,000 e-commerce sites worldwide run on this open-source platform and are available in 65 different languages.

It is fairly easy to use and provides a powerfully responsive store interface for shoppers. It also offers a comprehensive set of features such as analytics, multi-lingual, multiple payment gateways or product catalogs. It's free & open source.

Today we will discover how to install Prestashop 1.7 on your web hosting/webserver/localhost. The installation process is simple, and I always love to deploy the shops on Ubuntu with Apache web servers — it's lightweight and easy to use. You can also install Nginx as your web server or use web hosting for your online store. This is one of the most useful tutorials for developing your e-commerce site.

How to install Prestashop 1.7 - Prestashop Tutorial

What are the steps to take to install Prestashop 1.7

And remember, the Prestashop Installation process on a cloud server is more involved and time-consuming than using cloud hosting. But the rewards are greater: Better performance, greater flexibility with the freedom to tweak your settings as you see fit.

You won’t ever have to wait for a cloud-host support team to change PHP settings for you.

Why should you use Prestashop for your e-commerce site?

Check out the video about the installation of Prestashop 1.7.

Step I - Download Prestashop & Upload it to the server

Download the latest PrestaShop installation package from the official download page.

Download the PrestaShop package

Extract the package locally on your computer.

In order to do that, please, use any extracting software to unzip. For example, Winzip, Winrar, 7Zip (Windows) or Keka, Archive Utility (macOS)...

Extract Package - Prestashop Installation

Open the extracted folder that includes the installation package - file. Upload this file to the web server via cPanel File Manager or using an FTP client.

Bear in mind that the installation package should reside under the public_html directory. It's the webroot folder for your account, or alternatively under a subdirectory of it.

Upload the PrestaShop package to Server

Once you have uploaded the archive to your web server, extract it there to prepare for the next installation process.

Step II - Create a Database

As soon as the files are uploaded to your server, you should create a database for running the setup Wizard.

You can easily do this from cPanel → MySQL Database in case you're using cPanel. If it's Virtualmin Control Panel, visit Virtualmin → Edit User / Edit Database.
If you installed PhpMyAdmin on your server, use it to create a new database to prepare for PrestaShop Installer. I suggest you use an easy-to-remember name, such as your domain name plus the day you create the database: amazon08062020.

Don't want to use MySQL? Install MariaDB as an alternative.

Create a Database - Prestashop Installation

Step III - Run Prestashop 1.7 Installation Wizard

Navigate to your domain name (i.e., in a browser and the Wizard will run the installation script to guide you through the setup process. In this step, you will be asked to choose the language you want to use for your store.

Select language.

The first screen is the language setting. Select the language for the installer, then click the “Next” button.

This will also set the default language for your PrestaShop installation. But other languages will also be available for you to use later.

Select language - Prestashop Installation

License agreements.

PrestaShop is free and distributed under a certain set of open-source licenses. Read the terms and conditions and select to agree with the terms and conditions.

(You simply cannot use this software if you disagree with the terms of the licenses, and this step requires you to acknowledge them explicitly).

License agreements - Prestashop Installation

System compatibility.

It's a quick check of all the server parameters. If it has proceeded, that means, all system requirements are met for your store installation and the installation assistant will start to install Prestashop 1.7.

System compatibility - Prestashop Installation

Store information.

Where you can start customizing your shop: give it a name, indicate its main activity and the personal information of the owner.

Store information - Prestashop Installation

System configuration.

Do you remember Step II? Fill in all the fields with the database connection details:

  • Database server address
  • Database Name
  • Login (Database user)
  • Password (Database password)
  • Tables prefix (The table prefix can be left unchanged as well)

System configuration - Prestashop Installation

Ok, now test your connection to the database server with the above database information.

When you are done, click the next button to proceed with the installation. This might take a few minutes - please, be patient and do not touch your browser.

In our experience, if you use PHP 7.0 for Prestashop 1.7, or PHP 7.2, 7.3 for Prestashop 1.6, many errors could appear.

The Wizard will create the necessary tables and finalize setting up the shop, updating your configuration file. You will see a page that looks something like this:

Finished - Prestashop Installation

Step IV - Delete the Installation folder & the Archive file

For security purpose, you need to rename or delete the Install folder inside the Prestashop 1.7 installation folder & Zip file. I suggest deleting the installation directory.


Open a web browser and browse to your domain name/ip address - As you can see, PrestaShop 1.7 was successfully installed and your PrestaShop site is running.

Please make sure you have an SSL certificate for your site, or you will see a warning on accessing your site.

You can log into the PrestaShop back office by going to your newly-renamed admin folder for the admin URL. On the PrestaShop dashboard page, you can see some basic demo statics. You might also want to start modifying your store by downloading Prestashop Addons from the PrestaShop Admin panel page to improve the feature & customize the theme.

Updated on 03/04/2023: PrestaShop 8 was released. Learn more about this latest version and get the PrestaShop file for installing PrestaShop.

How to Install Prestashop Theme

  • I. Download Theme Package from PrestaShop store to local PC
  • II. Import Theme into Website
  • III. Activate the Theme
  • IV. Install Sample Data

It's a quick introduction to show you how to install themes. Discover more on my installation tutorial How to Install Prestashop Theme.

Infographic - How to install Prestashop 1.7 - Prestashop Tutorial

Let's enjoy it & don't forget to visit our blog to see our latest Prestashop Tutorial. Do you read the article "Prestashop logo: Complete guide", don't you?

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